FIACONA writes to President Trump on the eve of his India trip.
Feb 20, STATEMENT
FIACONA has written to President Trump yesterday expressing deep concerns about the rapid deterioration of the rule of law in Mr. Modi’s regime in India where Christians are assaulted, intimidated and even killed by his party supporters. Christian properties are damaged, demolished or burnt by members of Mr. Modi’s party with police often taking the side of the Hindu party. The judiciary is also largely intimidated, bought or undermined by the Hindu nationalist party officials causing common people to lose faith in it....
Narrow, divisive cultural nationalism is not patriotism: Catholic Bishops of India
Feb 20 Matters India
India’s Catholic bishops on February 19 concluded their 34 biennial plenary, asserting that none has the right to question patriotism of any citizen on subjective grounds.
“We believe that patriotism is different from narrow and divisive cultural nationalism, which is radically different from Constitutional nationalism,” stated 192 members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). The bishops’ assertion came in the backdrop of a raging controversy over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)....
Eight Christians charged with kidnapping and forced conversions acquitted in Madhya Pradesh, India
Feb 20 Christianity Today
Eight Christians charged with kidnapping 60 children for forcibly converting them to Christianity were acquitted on February 18 by the criminal court in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.
The six men and two women falsely accused of the crime they never committed were arrested in May 2017 while they were accompanying a group of tribal children to a Bible summer camp in Nagpur. Now, after more than two and a half years, justice has been granted to the condemned and the court has acquitted them as innocents........